"Moldy" Smell

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“Moldy” Smell

If you have smelled mold before, then you know that it has a very distinctive smell. It’s musty odor quite often lingers in basements, attics, basements, crawlspaces and other areas of your home. It is an unpleasant odor, where it leads to customers asking several questions, such as what does this mean and how do I get rid of it.


Why Does Mold Smell Musty?

Mold produces gases called microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC’s) Many of these gasses are odorless but some have a musty odor, the smell typically associated with mold. If you notice a musty odor in your home, you probably have mold growing inside, even if is not visible. Mold can grow in unseen areas such as behind walls, under carpets or in areas you do not check like attics or crawlspaces.

Can the “Moldy” Smell Impact My Health?

It is imperative that you understand that the “moldy” odor can mean that you are inhaling the MVOC’s and more than likely the mold spores that have gone airborne. Some of the compounds are toxic, which can cause a variety of health issues such as migraines, sore throat, coughing, flu-like symptoms and much more. Although, the mold gives off a foul smell, the bigger concern is the potential health risks it can cause.

How to Control the Mold Odor

The only true way to completely eliminate the “moldy” smell is to have the mold properly removed by a professional. Air fresheners, scented candles, incense and other ways people attempt to mask the musty moldy smell. These may help cover the odor somewhat temporarily, but it will not make it go away. The only actual way to control the mold odor is to have a professional remove the mold.

Mold Testing for Your Home

If you do not have visible mold in your home, but do smell a musty odor, then this is a situation where we would recommend to have mold or air testing conducted by a licensed mold professional. We do not recommend trying to use a DIY Mold Test Kit (Insert Link to blog on Reasons Why You Should Not Use a DIY Mold Testing Kit) When diagnosing a mold problem, it should be handled by a professional, who uses proper sampling collection protocol and a certified lab. Also, a professional can assist with interpreting the results so the customer understands the situation fully. Do not waste your time and money on a DIY Test, instead contact a trusted mold professional, such as Comprehensive Mold Management. For more information, call us at 585-235-6182 or at www.compmold.com.

When Should I Have My Home Tested for Mold?

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When Should I Have My Home Tested for Mold?

When is Air Testing Necessary?
Air testing is performed to determine the presence and concentration of mold spores in your home’s air, especially when mold is not visually evident. There are also situations where individuals need proof that mold is present such as at rental properties. People with allergies, asthma/other respiratory issues, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly who are particularly sensitive to mold, air testing is recommended. Other individuals are just looking for peace of mind and request mold testing air quality services.

Testing is typically done prior to and after remediation work is performed to validate the elimination of the mold threat. Most experts including the EPA suggest only testing under very specific conditions. In general, a moisture and mold inspection by a qualified professional is far more useful in determining if a mold problem exists.



Here are times when mold testing is advised:
When you are purchasing a new home
Following Flood Damage or after a Leak has been found
If there is a strong odor but you do not visibly see mold
Health concerns that are unexplained

Obtaining Mold Samples

Our visual assessment will help us determine where the mold is located. We will take air samples from the affected areas to test for mold spores in the air. Sometimes a swabbing in an affected room can tell us how much mold is present as well.

Air Testing
Air testing is performed to determine the presence and concentration of mold spores in your home's air, especially when mold is not visually evident. Testing is typically done prior to and after remediation work is performed to validate the elimination of the mold threat.

Surface Testing
Surface testing is performed to find out the amount and mold growth and spores deposited around your home. Samples are collected using swabbing, tape lifting and other methods and the samples are laboratory tested. Some home surfaces are more susceptible to the presence of mold and surface testing helps identify the affected areas.

Writing Up a Report

We will write a report based on our findings and send the report to a lab for analysis. We can then recommend the steps that need to be taken to remove the mold.

Removing the Mold Properly
Removing mold from your home can be a complicated and confusing process, especially given you want to make sure that the mold does not return. Therefore, it is best handled by a mold remediation professional, if it is not handled properly more problems can arise and exacerbate the issue. Mold professionals make sure to wear the proper equipment and set up negative air and containment to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the home.

Comprehensive Mold Management offers both air and surface testing. We provide a report which includes spore concentration, types of mold and the health effects that can be caused based on the specific types of mold. Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com.

Why DIY Mold Removal is a Bad Idea

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Why DIY Mold Removal is a Bad Idea


Mold Removal ≠ DIY
Although there are many skills that we obtain throughout our life that are second nature, there are other tasks that should definitely be left to the professionals. When it comes to mold removal or trying to clean mold yourself, it is not a good idea because it can impact your health. In addition, if not completed properly it could create even a larger issue.

With online blogs, television shows, social media and the Internet, DIY has become popular for homeowners when trying to save money. There are many projects around your home that are DIY and can be completed successfully. When it comes to mold, NYS requires for you to be licensed in order to assess and remediate mold.


Proper Equipment and Setup
There are special supplies and equipment needed in order to properly perform a mold remediation job. This includes air filtration devices that get strategically placed inside the work area and are vented out through a window to create negative air pressure. This insures that no outside contaminants are entering the structure during remediation.

Protect yourself and others from getting sick or causing cross contamination. Numerous homeowners will not take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. Mold removal professionals are trained to handle contaminants, and know that there are certain ways to get in and out of your protective wear to prevent the spread or inhalation of the contaminant. 

Detailed training is imperative to remove the mold properly. Professionals have their crew members wear protective cover-all suits and are fit for a high grade respirator. Purchasing a paint suit and dust mask from the hardware store is not enough nor is it the proper protection.

Creating a Bigger Issue
Mold can easily be spread throughout other areas of your home, when cleaned improperly. If you try scrubbing or cleaning an area with mold that does not have the proper containment set up, the spores can go airborne and spread throughout other areas of the home. Initially, the issue could have been isolated to one area of the home such as the basement, after trying to clean it improperly it could spread to other rooms creating a much bigger problem.

Health Concerns and Allergies
Some people have severe allergies to certain types of mold while others have none at all. Most of us are unaware of these allergies until they start to see symptoms. There are also toxic mold spores that can be extremely dangerous, even in small amounts.

These are just some of the most obvious reasons to have a licensed mold professional come out and evaluate your home. Every home and situation is unique and any qualified contractor should gladly come out to your property to discuss your options and provide a visual inspection. Make sure to use your judgment, ask questions, get references and ask for a certificate of insurance for worker’s compensation and liability. 

Do Not Cut Corners to Cut Cost
We do not recommend DIY mold removers. It is not worth trying to save a few dollars, especially when your health is at risk. You could potentially be subjecting yourself and family members to various health issues. This is a chore left to licensed mold professionals such as Comprehensive Mold Management. 

Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

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Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

Water damage can cause extensive damage to your home and be very costly to repair. The good news is that there are several tips and ways to prevent water damage in your home.

Repair Leaks
A leak may seem small; however, a small issue can turn into a much larger one if left unaddressed. Make sure to take care of all leaks ASAP.



Improve Drainage Around Foundation

Extend downspouts away from your foundation
Regularly clean out your gutters and downspouts
Try to not overwater foundation plants
Fix any leaking outdoor faucets

Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
Extend your downspouts at least 6 feet from your home’s foundation.
Make sure the ground is pitched away from your house

Install a Sump Pump/Drain Tile & Dehumidifier
Install a dehumidifier capable of keeping up with your entire home’s space. (Comprehensive Mold Management is an official dealer of Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifiers.)
Have weep holes drilled around your foundation, draining into your floating slab’s trench with diverters in front of them to prevent splashing/overflowing onto your basement floor.
Check your drain tile to ensure it is up-to-date (perforated-should not be clay, as it crumbles over time). This is located in your sump pump.
Keep all your floating slab trenches clear of debris.

Maintain Your Washing Machine Hose
Inspect your washing machine hose often for deterioration and make sure the hose is always in good condition.

Shut Off Valves Before Going On Vacation
Make sure to shut off your water prior to going away on vacation. Whole homes have been ruined with extensive damage and mold growth due to a pipe bursting. By shutting off the water it will help to prevent this type of water damage from occurring while you are gone.

Do Not Wash Extremely Dirty Clothes
Dirt can clog the drainage system, which can lead to water damage. Rinse off dirty clothes prior to placing it in the washing machine.

Hire an Established Contractor for Major Problems
Hire a professional and licensed contractor to take care of any major water damage in your home. You want to have any problems thoroughly repaired to avoid problems reoccurring in the future.

Water damage to your home can be very problematic, but also can be prevented. If you have any questions or are concerned that you may have water damage inside of your home call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182.

Should My Ducts Be Sanitized?

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Should My Ducts Be Sanitized?


Having your air ducts cleaned every few years is important in providing a healthier living environment and extending the life of your heating system. An additional service that we offer with the duct cleaning is sanitization.


By having your ducts sanitized, it will sanitize any remaining particles, eliminating mold and mildew that builds up and spreads. In addition, it will eliminate any odors associated with those nasty things in your ductwork. New York State recently passed new legislation in January 2016 that now requires for any contractor dealing with mold to be licensed. Therefore, when researching for companies for duct cleaning if you have concerns of mold, make sure to hire a licensed mold remediation contractor as well. Comprehensive Mold Management are indoor air quality experts, licensed to deal with mold and certified duct cleaners.

The product that we use to sanitize your ducting system is an anti-microbial and is an EPA registered disinfectant solution recommended for use in hospitals, and other medical facilities. It is an OSHA compliant disinfectant cleaner and is ideal for cleaning/restoration and IAQ applications, such as mold, water, fire, and sewage remediation, air duct cleaning, trauma clean up, misting and dust suppression.

It goes beyond just masking the odor; it will totally eliminate the source that is causing the bad odors and leave your ducts thoroughly cleaned. If you have not had your ducts cleaned in a few years or have a bad odor coming from your air ducts, please call Comprehensive Mold Management for duct cleaning and sanitization at 585-235-6182.

Mold Health Effects & Healthy Aging

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Mold Health Effects & Healthy Aging

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2012 and 2050, the United States will experience considerable growth in its aging population. In 2050, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double its estimated population in 2012. Women, on average outlive men by several years. It is crucial for women to take the necessary precautions to ensure a healthy future. 


As people begin to approach their "Golden Years," they begin to experience new challenges in regards to their physical condition. Due to various ailments and other physical concerns, certain issues get pushed to the wayside that cannot be overlooked. If you have an aging relative you suspect may have mold exposure, it’s important to address the issue with them right away. If they are unwilling to take care of the problem, then you need to insist that they do so or possibly take matters into your own hands. 

Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, pregnant women, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. Certain types of black mold can be very dangerous and the elderly are at a higher risk. When it comes to mold, people often don’t realize it’s an issue because mold symptoms can be mistaken for other things such as allergies or asthma. Some common symptoms are fatigue, congestion, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, itchy skin and eyes, difficulty breathing and other flu-like symptoms. Long-term exposure to mold spores can have a serious impact on anyone, but can be especially serious for the elderly. They will likely experience mold symptoms more quickly and severely than healthy, younger individuals. 

It is important to keep in mind that mold symptoms do not occur overnight, it takes prolonged exposure to mold spores and inhaling the spores over an extended period of time. Mold is never good when present inside your home. If you are concerned that you may have a potential mold problem, make sure to contact a professional. The importance of controlling the mold dangers for a growing elderly population is imperative.

With the increasing elderly population, living with indoor mold will not only impact their health and quality of life, but also potentially cause a substantial increase in medical bills. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. You may also visit our “Resources and Information” page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information. 

How Mold Impacts Autism and Children’s Health

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How Mold Impacts Autism and Children’s Health

About 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subtracting mold toxicity from an already complex illness equation like ASD holds potential to improve function and quality of life for people with autism and their families. In 2009, Dr. Jack Thrasher conducted a study where the observations suggest that boys on the spectrum with toxic mold exposure may average nearly twice the neuropsychiatric abnormalities as ASD boys without exposure to mold toxins.


Mold spores can spread to every corner of your house because of cross-contamination. Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. Some of the other more common health conditions mold causes are:
  • skin rashes
  • loss of memory, hearing, eyesight
  • fatigue
  • chronic headaches
  • depression
  • "crawly" feeling skin
  • unexplained irritability
  • epileptic-like seizures
  • flu-like symptoms
  • upper respiratory distress
  • trouble breathing
  • irritation of the eyes, nose or throat
  • coughing
  • restlessness
  • sinus congestionequilibrium or balance loss
  • nausea
  • dizziness or stuffiness
  • sneezing
  • arthritic-like aches
  • runny/bloody nose

Mold removal should never be attempted by a homeowner or handyman if the area is over 10 square feet. It is a job best performed by a certified mold professional. At Comprehensive Mold Management, we correct what caused the mold growth and then remove the mold properly. Once completed, we thoroughly HEPA-vacuum away the residual material, leaving the area clean and safe. All work is done in a confined, negative air pressure environment that prevents cross-contamination concerns. 

Your children and family are your top priority and maintaining their health is imperative. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. Please visit our Resources and Information page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information. 

Heart Health & Indoor Air Quality

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Heart Health & Indoor Air Quality

People generally do not correlate heart health to indoor air quality. However because our hearts and lungs are so closely related, breathing polluted air can be harmful to them. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov ), poor indoor air quality can bother your eyes, nose and throat. It can also lead to chronic heart and lung problems and cancer. Breathing dirty air increases the risk of death from cardiovascular problems, which include heart attack and stroke. 


One way to improve your indoor air quality is by having your air ducts cleaned. There are several benefits to having your air ducts cleaned, making the expense worthwhile. The most common problem that customers experience with their HVAC systems include mold, pet hair, dander, dirt, pollen as well as other debris and contaminates. The collection of these contaminates over time in your air ducts contribute to breathing disorders, including asthma and allergies as they circulate throughout your home. When moisture is present, if debris is in the ducting, mold growth can form and compromise the air quality in your house. By having your air ducts cleaned it will not only provide a healthier living environment, but also extend the life of your heating system.

If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned. On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor.

If you still have questions whether you should have your air ducts cleaned, contact a professional. Investing in the health of your family and home is crucial, therefore cleaning your air ducts is well worth the expense. 

Please visit our Resources and Information page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information.

Men’s Healthy Aging & Mold Health Effects

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Men’s Healthy Aging & Mold Health Effects

Men tend to be more likely to neglect their physical health and well-being compared to women. According to aging experts men frequently put off regular physical exams, forget to take medication, get vaccines, exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced healthy diet.


Many older men have a “tough” or “macho” attitude when it comes to taking care of their health. Men have a habit to only go to see a doctor only when they are very ill or very uncomfortable. This approach to health is especially risky for older men who are at increased risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and kidney disorders, stroke, lung diseases, cancer and other diseases of later life. Due to various ailments and other physical concerns, certain issues get pushed to the wayside that cannot be overlooked. If you have an aging relative you suspect may have mold exposure, it’s important to address the issue with them right away. If they are unwilling to take care of the problem, then you need to insist that they do so or possibly take matters into your own hands.

Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, pregnant women, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. Certain types of black mold can be very dangerous and the elderly are at a higher risk. When it comes to mold, people often don’t realize it’s an issue because mold symptoms can be mistaken for other things such as allergies or asthma. Some common symptoms are fatigue, congestion, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, itchy skin and eyes, difficulty breathing and other flu-like symptoms. Long-term exposure to mold spores can have a serious impact on anyone, but can be especially serious for the elderly. They will likely experience mold symptoms more quickly and severely than healthy, younger individuals.

It is important to keep in mind that mold symptoms do not occur overnight. It takes prolonged exposure to mold spores and inhaling the spores over an extended period of time. Mold is never good when present inside your home. If you are concerned that you may have a potential mold problem, make sure to contact a professional. The importance of controlling the mold dangers for a growing elderly population is imperative.

With the elderly population living with indoor mold, it will not only impact their health and quality of life, but also potentially cause a substantial increase in medical bills. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a licensed mold professional. You may also visit our “Resources and Information” page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information.

Warning Signs of Mold

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Warning Signs of Mold

Warning Signs
One of the major concerns, in regards to mold growth inside of residential properties is the health effects on the residents. It is pretty easy to determine if mold is present when there is visible spotting or an ongoing moisture issue. However, it is best to catch an issue prior to mold growing or early on prior to it impacting your health and becoming a major problem. There are warning signs to look out for, including the smell, discoloration, condensation, other structural issues and rapid growth of mold on normal household items.



“Moldy” Smell
A key indicator that mold is present is its distinctive musty smell. The musty smell alone does not mean that you have mold, however you should have it looked at by a professional. The smells given off by mold at certain stages of their growth and reproduction are called Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs). It is a combination of various chemicals that are being released by the organism as it eats, grows, and multiplies. The “smell of mold” has been described as damp, clammy, earthy, mildewy, musty, rank, old, as well as many other descriptors.
Physical Signs
The smell alone is not a direct indicator that you have mold in your home, however you should have it evaluated by a mold professional. Do you see any dark discoloration around your ceiling lines, corners or flooring? Discoloration or spotting is a strong sign that you have mold growth. Check for condensation on your windows, this indicates that you have a moisture issue inside of your home. In addition, peeling paint or wallpaper, loose tiles or flooring. There are many others, however these are some of the main ones to look out for.
Mold Growth on Items
Another sign to watch out for is mold growth on other items inside of your home, more so the amount of time it takes for the mold to grow. For example, fuzzy mold growth on drinks left out overnight, flower vases that grow slime within a few days to a week, dark buildup appearing in the bathroom (toilet, shower or sink that appears within a day or so from cleaning.) If you do have any of these signs, make sure to have your home evaluated ASAP. These are normally key signs that you have a mold issue and best to take care of it sooner rather than later, before it becomes a bigger issue. Make sure to take care of your home and your family’s health. Call Comprehensive Mold Management for more information at 585-235-6182. 

Mold Removal From Wooden Furniture

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Mold Removal From Wooden Furniture

People who own nice furniture or collect antiques, cherish these items and hope to keep them in good condition. Furniture is often made from wood, which is one of the food sources that mold loves to grown on. Here are some tips on how to keep your antique wooden furniture and other valuable furniture mold free.

Cleaning Your Furniture
One of the best ways to prevent mold from growing on your furniture is by cleaning and polishing it on a regular basis. The safest thing to do is to regularly wax your furniture with a quality product. The waxing aids in preventing dust buildup and moisture as well, which is crucial in preventing mold growth.
Mold Removal from Furniture
If mold growth does end up growing on your furniture, there is a solution to remove it. We recommend using 1 cup of 20 mule team borax (which can be found in the detergent aisle) with 1 gallon of hot water. Mix this solution together and carefully scrub the mold off of the item. After that is complete, do NOT rinse off the surface and place it in the sun to dry.
Maintain Your Furniture
When purchasing your furniture, always make sure to go for a quality wood and nicer materials. This will not necessarily prevent mold growth, but will assist in not having other issues with the furniture. Seeing as you are buying a quality product, you want to make sure you keep it in good condition, by cleaning and protecting it. If mold growth occurs on larger areas inside of your home, make sure to contact a licensed mold remediation professional. Call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 to schedule a mold estimate.


Duct Cleaning for Spring

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Duct Cleaning for Spring


Spring cleaning is routine for many people, with the warmer weather and decluttering from winter, now is the perfect time to clean your air ducts! Cleaning your ducts is important for numerous reasons, most importantly for you and your family’s health. Spring cleaning is important for your health, especially for those who have asthma or allergies. During the winter months, while your home is closed up it is the perfect conditions for dirt, dust, airborne bacteria, mold and other debris to build up. When spring comes, pollen and other outdoor irritants only exacerbate the problem.

Without air duct cleaning, the polluted air continues to re-circulate throughout your home. Dust will build up on surfaces throughout your home. If you start to notice excessive dust and dirt throughout your home despite cleaning, you’ve waited too long to check your air ducts. 
One of the most effective cleaning methods is air duct cleaning, which should be performed every 3-5 years or immediately after new construction. If you have pets then it may need to be done more often, every 2-3 years. By cleaning your air ducts in the spring, it will eliminate any debris and bacteria that sat in your home all throughout winter.

Winter is the time of year for flu and cold viruses to continuously circulate in the air, resulting in a cycle of continuous sickness for your family. Comprehensive Mold Management will not only clean your ducts, but we also offer sanitization which will eliminate any of the remaining germs from the winter, creating a healthier living environment for you and your family.

Click here for a cleaning checklist, that can be utilized any time of the year for a thorough cleaning. 

Spring is upon us, be sure to schedule your duct cleaning service today. Comprehensive Mold Management offers certified duct cleaning and sanitizing with state of the art equipment. All of the work is completed in house, with all of our crews properly trained. We are also licensed by New York State for mold remediation, which was recently implemented in January of 2016 for all contractors dealing with mold. Call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 to have your ducts cleaned. 

Tips for a Clean Mold Free Bathroom

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Tips for a Clean Mold Free Bathroom

Proper Ventilation
Bathrooms are an area of your home that are highly susceptible to mold growth because of the regular high moisture levels. In order to ensure that mold growth will not occur in a bathroom, you need to make sure it has the proper ventilation. An exhaust fan needs to be properly installed and vented through the attic out through the roof. Make sure that the fan is not vented just into the attic, as this can cause mold growth in your attic. In addition, open a window when possible and open the door right after you are finished to allow as much air flow as possible. Leave the bathroom fan on for at least 30-45 minutes after you have finished showering to help clear out the remaining humid air.
Importance of Tile in Bathrooms
Make sure that your bathroom has tile. Tile is one of the most water-resistant materials used in bathrooms. If it is installed and cleaned properly, with the proper ventilation in the bathroom it can remain mold free. In order to simplify cleaning, purchase a smooth tile as they are simple to wipe down completely, since they do not have grooves that can allow moisture to collect like textured tile. In addition, the larger the tile the easier it is to clean since there are less grout lines to clean.
Seal All Grout
After the tile is installed, the next step is to seal tile and grout. By using an enhanced grout, designed to be mold resistant, will help reduce mold, however it is not enough on its own. The sealing process for tiles prevents water from settling within the grout and permitting mold growth. It will also prevent discoloration on the grout and dirt from getting between the tiles. Penetrating sealers are recommended for shower tiles, while floor tiles will need a membrane forming sealer. All products come with their own application instructions, so follow these carefully. Most will require more than one coat, with the previous layer needing to be fully dry before the next can be added.
Maintain Plumbing and Correct Leaks
It is important for everyone to have good and well-maintained plumbing systems. Maintenance steps should be done as often as possible in order to avoid water leaks and standing water, which make the home moister and thus, make it more prone to molds. Old iron pipes have a tendency of bursting and leaking, causing parts of a home to be flooded. If you believe that an iron pipe in the entire system has become rusty, then switch off the water main and work on replacing it with a newer one, preferably made of PVC. If, however, a PVC pipe in your water system has broken, then make sure to check on it, and then replace it or wrap the broken portion with plumber’s tape.
Clogged drains cause water to stand, making a place wet for quite some time and, as a result, make it a good place for molds to live and grow. Prevent this from happening by installing small grates or screens and not pouring down liquefied fat, used oil, and big food pieces. However, if water no longer seems to go down the drain in a matter of seconds, then pour biodegradable waste digester down the affected drain to dissolve the items that have stuck down there. You can buy this product from a hardware store nearest you.
Clean Routinely
Clean your bathroom thoroughly once a week with a mold eliminating cleanser. By making sure that your bathroom is clean and dry it will prevent mold growth from occurring and provide a more comfortable and healthier living environment for you and your family. Also, it is much faster and cheaper than paying for mold remediation. However, if you have mold growth in your bathroom or do not have the proper ventilation, contact Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182.

How Toxic Black Mold Can Impact Mental and Neurological Health

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How Toxic Black Mold Can Impact Mental and Neurological Health

The trichothecene mycotoxins produced by toxic black mold are neurotoxic. This means they can kill neurons in the brain and impair a person's mental ability. They also cause nervous disorders such as tremors and can cause personality changes such as mood swings and irritability.




·         Confusion
·         Shock
·         Brain fog
·         Anxiety
·         Shortened attention span
·         Depression
·         Difficulty concentrating and paying 
          attention
·         Aggression and other personality
          changes
·         Slowed reflexes
·         Tingling
·         Disorientation
·         Trembling
·         Dizziness
·         Shaking
·         Memory loss and memory problems
·         Seizures
·         Impaired learning ability
·         Numbness
·         Hallucinations
·          
Mold spores can spread to every corner of your house because of cross-contamination. Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted.
Mental and Neurologic Symptoms:

Extended exposure to mold can lead to health effects such as memory loss, depression and many other neurological issues. The toxins released from an indoor mold called Stachybotrys chartarum are extremely toxic to nerve cells. In addition to being neurotoxins, they suppress the immune system, leading to decreased levels of antibodies and lymphocytes. Stachybotrys, a black and slimy mold, requires a very damp environment to flourish. Stachybotrys is also known as “black mold” or “toxic black mold”. These are linked with poor indoor air quality that arises after fungal growth on water-damaged building materials (plywood, wallpaper, drywall & carpet). Stachybotrys has also been associated with “Sick Building Syndrome”.

Molds are toxins, and some research has indicated that these toxins can affect the nervous system or the immune system or impede the function of the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that plays a part in impulse control, memory, problem solving, sexual behavior, socialization and spontaneity.
Your children and family are your top priority and maintaining their health is imperative. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. Please visit our Resources and Information page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information or call us at 585-235-6182.